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To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee - 2002-01-01 (first published in 1960)
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The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.Compassio...
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Law School Confidential
A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience
Robert H. Miller - 2011-04-26 (first published in 2000)
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Law School Confidential is written for students about to embark on this three-year odyssey by students who have successfully survived. It demystifies the life-altering thrill ride that defines an American legal education by providing a comprehensive, blow-by-blow, chronological account of what to expect. It arms students with a thorough overview of...
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The Happy Lawyer
Making a Good Life in the Law
Nancy Levit - 2010-07-22
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You get good grades in college, pay a small fortune to put yourself through law school, study hard to pass the bar exam, and finally land a high-paying job in a prestigious firm. You're happy, right? Not really. Oh, it beats laying asphalt, but after all your hard work, you expected more from your job. What gives?The Happy Lawyer examines the cause...
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Letters to a Law Student
Nicholas McBride - 2017-10-31 (first published in 2006)
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"Letters to a Law Student "relays all that a prospective law student needs to know before embarking on their studies. It provides a useful guide to those considering a law degree or conversion course and helps students prepare for what can be a daunting first year of study....
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White by Law 10th Anniversary Edition
Ian Haney López - 2006-10-01 (first published in 1996)
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White by Law was published in 1996 to immense critical acclaim, and established Ian Haney Lopez as one of the most exciting and talented young minds in the legal academy. The first book to fully explore the social and specifically legal construction of race, White by Law inspired a generation of critical race theorists and others interested in the ...
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Presumed Innocent
Scott Turow - 1999-07-01 (first published in 1986)
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Hailed as the most suspenseful and compelling novel in decades. Presumed Innocent brings to life our worst nightmare: that of an ordinary citizen facing conviction for the most terrible of all crimes. It's the stunning portrayal of one man's all-too-human, all-consuming fatal attraction for a passionate woman who is not his wife, and the story of h...
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Greg Iles
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The Story Of My Life
Clarence Darrow - 1996-08-22 (first published in 1932)
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In The Story of My Life Darrow recounts, & reflects on, his more than fifty years as a corporate, labor & criminal lawyer, including the most celebrated & notorious cases of his day: establishing the legal right of a union to strike in the Woodworkers' Conspiracy Case; exposing, on behalf of the United Mine Workers, the shocking conditions in the m...
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A Civil Action
Jonathan Harr - 1996-08-27 (first published in 1995)
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A Civil Action is a non-fiction book by Jonathan Harr about a water contamination case in Woburn, Massachusetts, in the 1980s. After finding that her child is diagnosed with leukemia, Anne Anderson notices a high prevalence of leukemia, a relatively rare disease, in her city. Eventually she gathers other families and seeks a lawyer, Jan Schlichtman...
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Getting To Maybe
How to Excel on Law School Exams
Richard Michael Fischl - 1999-05-25
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Professors Fischl and Paul explain law school exams in ways no one has before, all with an eye toward improving the reader's performance. The book begins by describing the difference between educational cultures that praise students for "right answers" and the law school culture that rewards nuanced analysis of ambiguous situations in which more th...
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Nick Szabo
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The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander - 2020-01-07 (first published in 2010)
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A tenth-anniversary edition of the iconic bestseller, with a new preface by the authorSeldom does a book have the impact of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Since it was first published in 2010, it has been cited in judicial decisions and has been adopted in campus-wide and community-wide reads; it helped inspire the creation of the Marshall ...
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The Color of Law
Richard Rothstein - 2018-05-01
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
Going to Meet the Man by James Baldwin
Animal Liberation by Peter Singer
Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
Discipline & Punish by Michel Foucault
Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon
Becoming Ms. Burton by Susan Burton
Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts
At the Dark End of the Street by Danielle L. McGuire
The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin
The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
Down, Out, and Under Arrest by Forrest Stuart
Pushout by Monique Morris
When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
You Have the Right to Remain Innocent by James Duane
Denial by Deborah E. Lipstadt
26 Marathons by Meb Keflezighi
America's Constitution by Akhil Reed Amar
The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow
Captive Genders by Eric A. Stanley
Dominion by Matthew Scully
Because of Sex by Gillian Thomas
The Legal Analyst by Ward Farnsworth
Resistance Behind Bars by Victoria Law
The Tools of Argument by Joel P. Trachtman
Perilous Times by Geoffrey R. Stone
Sisters in the Struggle by Bettye Collier-Thomas
The Brethren by Bob Woodward
Undivided Rights by Jael Silliman
Scorpions by Noah Feldman
Only What We Could Carry by Lawson Fusao Inada
The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law by Mark Herrmann
Working With Contracts by Charles M. Fox
The First Civil Right by Naomi Murakawa
Great Dissent by Thomas Healy
Policing the Planet by Jordan T. Camp
Inherently Unequal by Lawrence Goldstone
Unequal Freedom by Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Cross-Examination Handbook by Ronald H. Clark
International Law by Malcolm Evans
Ballot Battles by Edward Foley
A Legal History of the Civil War and Reconstruction by Laura F. Edwards
Covenant With Death by Stephen Becker by
Women of Color and the Reproductive Rights Movement by Jennifer Nelson
Family Law by William P. Statsky
Vagrant Nation by Risa Goluboff
The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 by Terri Diane Halperin
Carnal Crimes by Constance Backhouse
Drawing the Line by Steven M. Wise
What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law? by Randall Abate
The Drone Memos by Jameel Jaffer
McGraw-Hill's Real Estate Law for Paralegals by McGraw Hill
Courting Death by Carol S. Steiker
Business Law by Kenneth W. Clarkson
Guide to Intellectual Property by The Economist
My Life in Court by Louis Nizer
The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham
Country of My Skull by Antjie Krog
The Condemnation of Blackness by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
The King is Dead by Suzannah Lipscomb
BECOMING JUSTICE BLACKMUN by Linda Greenhouse
The Case Against the Supreme Court by Erwin Chemerinsky
Constitutional Law by Erwin Chemerinsky
The Framers' Coup by Michael J. Klarman
Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business by Fred S. Steingold
My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Law 101 by Jay M. Feinman
Uncertain Justice by Laurence Tribe
And the Dead Shall Rise by Steve Oney
A People's History of the Supreme Court by Peter Irons
Anatomy of a Murder by Robert Traver
Forcing the Spring by Jo Becker
Nuremberg Trial by Ann Tusa
QueerJustice by Joey L. Mogul
Ratification by Pauline Maier
Jeremy Hutchinson's Case Histories by Thomas Grant
The Sapphire Eruption by I. M. Redwright
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Impeach by Neal Katyal
Doing Justice by Preet Bharara
A Knock at Midnight by Brittany K. Barnett
Charged by Emily Bazelon
Until We Reckon by Danielle Sered
Impeachment by Cass R. Sunstein